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Simi has had a very good year; it could very well be argued that this has been her best yet. Between releasing a deluxe edition of Simisola (which featured a dream collaboration: 2baba) and selling out a show outside the shores of the country, she has been actively involved in collaborations.

Always one who’s never underestimated the power of collaborations (for indeed, she has a joint project with Falz), it is only normal that artistes will want to get a blessing from her cooing vocals and dexterous songwriting.

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For today’s Top 5 Wednesday, we rank her five best efforts on a collaboration, with the year in view.

 5. DREMO ft SIMI – Hey Ma
Davido did well by hyping up his man, saying the Codename EP (read our review here) was going to change the rap scape  in Nigeria but the man behind the mic had other intentions.

Occasionally calling himself a “rapper wey dey sing song,” it became convenient to write Dremo off as another sellout, as people so wrongly do. But he can actually sing. His strength at rapping already gives him a pace ahead of his contemporaries and getting a feature from Simi who has given an actual rapper a run for his money proved to be genius.

The song Hey Ma is one of the highlights of Codename and it is therefore unfortunate that the Davido assisted Kpa has taken a lot of light away from a song which possesses such array of talent on display.

4. MR. P ft. SIMI – Zombie
One half of the P Square duo has spent a reasonable amount of time finding his sound. He has tried a lot of genres and these songs aren’t musical failures .

Mr. P is a man determined; from scoring Nyanda (of Brick and Lace) on Wookie Wookie to now getting Simi to feature as what could offhandedly be called a birthday song, he is getting closer to musical nirvana.

But we’re here for Simi. Over a slowly paced beat, she comes in for a verse after a solid Mr. P performance and she amplifies the mood with her voice. On our Music Monday (the closest thing to a definitive playlist on new music), we called this song one of the best of Mr. P’s solo career and Simi plays a huge part in that.

 3. JOHNNY DRILLE ft SIMI – Halleluya
The industry’s Lover Boy, months after his first release of the year (Awa Love) put out Halleluya featuring our WCW to an explosive reception from his teeming fans.

Well known for his love ballads, Halleluya has the Edo born alternative act relaying his unspoken feelings he has for a girl. Simi reciprocates, and their vocals do go all the way.

 2. ZORO ft SIMI – Stainless
The Swagbag isn’t usually a singer. He usually favors a rawness to his rapping but Simi is a dance you dance with all of you.

Sandwiched in the middle of his many releases at the time, (which had him explore the Shaku trend too) Stainless has risen to be the best of the bunch easily because of Zoro’s sing song rap verses and Simi’s exceptional backup.

1.      MR. EAZI ft. SIMI – Surrender
If we were to approach the Lagos to London (read our review here) mix tape with a giant saw to dissect, Mr. Eazi barely outdid any of his features. But that is a good thing as Surrender would go to prove.

The first song after a very short opener, Surrender is a lively jam which sets the tone for the rest of the trip’s soundtrack. 

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